St. Aug Alum, Washington Embraces Leadership Role

St. Aug Alum, Washington Embraces Leadership Role

LAFAYETTE — Don’t expect to always get a basketball-related answer when asking someone associated with the Cajuns basketball program about freshman forward Bryce Washington ’14.

It’s not that Washington hasn’t availed himself on the court — he’s shown plenty of promise through his first 24 games as a collegian. But there’s a level of polish to Washington that seems to intrigue people more than his ability to play basketball.

That feeling struck Cajuns Associate Director of Athletic Training B.J. Duplantis one day while he was taping Washington up before a practice.

“I was taping him and I said, ‘You know, I think you could be president of the United States one day,’” Duplantis said. “He looked at me and he said, ‘You know, you’re the fifth person that’s told me that?’”

People who know Washington will talk about how he carries himself or his innate leadership ability. But above all, they’ll talk about his brain.

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The New Orleans Advocate